Categories features live tours

Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 2: Live Recordings

A new year, and a new installment of our series on Collecting the Mechanics. This month, Alan Hewitt takes us through the Mechanics’ touring history with a selection of standout audio and video recordings. Where possible, we have tried to add links to clips from the videos that are mentioned.

Words and photos by Alan Hewitt of The Waiting Room.

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From L to R: Zurich 1989 (photo by G Truffer), Manchester 1995 (photo by J Guntrip), Schaan 2016 (photo by D Konrad)

Continuing the look at the various aspects of collecting which are associated with the band, we now look at the various live and studio performances which the band have made over the years. As you may imagine, this is perhaps one of the most fertile areas of endeavour for a collector and what follows is by no means an exhaustive listing of the material that is available in this field, but more of a taster to whet your appetites, if you will. So, here, tour by tour and album by album is a look at some of this fascinating material…

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Categories fans features singles

Series: Collecting the Mechanics Part 1: The Singles

Here at MR Net, it is always our pleasure to get to feature articles and reviews from other fans. Over the coming months we will be sharing a short series of features on the collecting aspect of fandom.

Words and photos by Alan Hewitt of The Waiting Room.

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Another Cup Of Coffee/The Living Years-How Long-Every Day Hurts (Medley) UK single with art box (1995)

Fans are a peculiar lot, aren’t they?  Whatever you are a fan of, there are so many areas in which you can exercise your desire to be the ultimate anorak.  If you are a music fan, then there are perhaps even more than average opportunities for anorak-y behaviour and these features will demonstrate a couple of those for you here.

Fans of the Mechanics have had no shortage of interesting bits and pieces to collect over the years, not least in terms of singles, and I will place the emphasis here on the UK output by the band simply because I have never collected overseas variants of releases,  mainly because they have never (with one exception which is included here for completeness’ sake) contained any material which has not been available in the UK and although they are often housed in very attractive sleeves, it is the music that matters here at TWR HQ.

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